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'Never been part of a match like that'

Press Trust Of India
Apr 12, 2012 at 11:00pm IST

Chennai: Chennai Super Kings batsman Faf du Plessis has described his side scoring 45 runs in the last two overs to pull off a sensational five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore as "supernatural", and a match he would never be able to forget.

"To be part of a match like that ... I don't think I have ever been like that. I am super excited. To get those 45 runs or something in the last two overs ... I said it's going to take some supernatural." du Plessis, who scored 71 off 46 balls and was adjudged the Man of the Match, said after the nail-biting win. "I think the special thing with our batting line up is that we bat so deep. Suresh comes in and he strikes the ball for fours and sixes and then Dhoni walks in and hits six. That takes a bit of pressure off me."

Asked about the heroic effort by Albie Morkel, who smashed 28 runs off six balls to turn the match on its head in the 19th over, he said, "We were down and out. Hopefully that will be the turnaround of the season. We actually said to us this is going to be turning point. It will give us massive confidence in the games to come."

du Plessis said Chennai knew that they could chase down a big target of 206 if they had a good start. "It's a big score and so we thought we have to play really well to get there. To get a good start. We analysed the wicket and it's a good wicket. There wasn't much spin which was the key for us. If it started to spin in the second innings it really would have been tough. But it didn't spin much. The ball was coming on nicely. Just wickets in the hand towards the end was the key."

On his batting as an opener, he said, "I have been hitting the ball nicely. I knew for myself that a big score was just around the corner. I knew that I had to stay at the crease a bit longer and if I stay the runs will come. I am really enjoying the opening slot. It is new to me."

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